Lost your Christmas cheer? Then head to the Alps

Commercial just doesn't cover it. There are baubles in the shops from September; tinsel in taxis from October and I've received extensive Christmas lists from my nieces by early November.

If your Christmas has been taken over by the spirit of consumerism then the Alps might be the tonic for you. The French Alps do Christmas a little differently. Christmas Eve is the time the family eats together; nothing fancy; nothing posh; just home cooked food and great conversation. Christmas morning is spent skiing on the slopes, perhaps some fresh powder off piste, fresh tracks if you're lucky and snow flakes a plenty. The Queens Speech could be spent sipping mulled wine, perhaps a leisurely snow shoe to finish the day. By Christmas night the last thing on your mind will be an excess of Christmas presents and repeats on TV. Morzine is a great example of an Alpine Village that knows how to do Christmas and here are just a handful of the events on offer: From 18 December to 31 December Morzine is holding the Morzine Loves Christmas extravaganza, offering different musical events, fireworks, shows and snacks.   From December 20 - 21 The Fairy Godmothers are visiting the streets of Morzine, performing, dancing on stilts, reciting poetry and offering out some lovely Christmas snacks! From December 22 to December 23 children are invited to a Face painting event at the Tourist Office. And on 27th December the village invites you to watch all the ski instructors from Morzine ESF in a torch lit decent down the main Pleney slope. There is mulled wine and a firework display. It is truly something to behold. But the biggest treat of all is a visit to Father Christmas who lives in Les Gets. Just a few minutes drive from Morzine is the home of Santa. If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of him if you stroll through the streets of Les Gets over Christmas. It also has masses of Christmas activities for two whole weeks including light shows, choirs, markets and fireworks. Whether it be music concerts in Châtel, street parades in Chamonix, ice sculptures in Megève or a real Nordic village in Samoens, the Alps really should be your new Christmas destination. It has so much to offer. So, if you have decided that you prefer a day on the slopes followed by a glass of vin chaud, a few Christmas carols and fireworks a plenty then Alpine Christmases are for you.

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